Rolling good times: DIY ball and ramp activity

Ball and ramp activityKids generally love science, and with good reason since it taps into their natural curiosity. Here’s a fun, simple activity we like to do at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum that you can easily do at home — and you probably have everything you need in your home right now! It’s called “Build a Ball, Make a Ramp.” Two of the perks of this activity are that it gives kids an opportunity for free play and helps them learn about simple machines.

In a nutshell – this activity basically provides the supplies for your child to build a ball, and then a ramp to roll their ball on.

Supplies
You won’t need all of these, just round up whatever you have at home.
• Play-Doh/clay
• Rubber bands
• Scraps of fabric/washcloths
• Paper plates and cups
• Rulers/paint sticks
• Twist ties
• Foam sheets
• Plastic wrap
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic containers

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